What is a Birth Injury?

by Staff | February 19th, 2020

Infants and toddlers are fragile and easily injured. Newborns are even more so, especially at the moments immediately before, during, and after delivery. If you don’t have an experienced and careful doctor, the risks for injury are even greater. When a baby suffers bodily damage before, during, or after birth, it is considered a birth injury.

Some injuries are no one’s fault, and they heal naturally on their own. This can be the case with babies born with lumpy heads from pressure on the skull during delivery. Others, however, are caused by doctors, nurses, or midwives behaving negligently.

If your obstetrician:

  • Failed to identify harmful medical conditions or infections that could harm you or your child before you went into labor,
  • Failed to keep the delivery room clean to prevent infections, or
  • Handled your child too roughly during delivery and injured them

They can be held responsible for causing your child’s birth injury.

Our free guide lists several of the most common types of birth injuries, the level of danger they pose to your child, and how to recognize the signs of each. Download your free copy by clicking the image below.

We Want to Help After Your Child’s Birth Injury

Many serious birth injuries, especially potentially physically and mentally disabling birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, may not show symptoms until months or even years later as the baby fails to meet the developmental milestones they should.

In most birth injury cases in Indiana and Illinois, parents will have until their child’s eighth birthday to file a birth injury claim, or two years to file an infant wrongful death claim. If you suspect your child’s condition is the fault of a healthcare provider’s negligence before, during, or after delivery, then you need to speak to a lawyer right away. Birth injuries often require lifelong care that you may not be able to financially provide without filing a claim.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know how important it is for parents to know their child has the means to be cared for if they cannot do it for themselves, and we want to help you give your child that financial security. Call us today for a free consultation.

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